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Windows 8 could have up to 500 million users by the end of 2013, says Ballmer

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer says that they could have up to 500 million Windows 8 users by the end

Anthony Garreffa | May 22, 2012 at 09:26 pm CDT (0 mins, 55 secs reading time)

Windows 8 arrives later this year, and we're already getting some huge numbers from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on predictions of sales. In a speech to the Seoul Digital Forum in South Korea, Ballmer has said that up to 500 million users will be on a Windows 8-based device by the end of 2013. Ballmer added:

Windows 8 could have up to 500 million users by the end of 2013, says Ballmer | TweakTown.com

It's really, in some senses, a dawning of the rebirth of MS Windows... It's certainly the most important piece of work we've done.

Ballmer also teased that Microsoft will "soon" launch a version of Skype for Windows 8. This could be part of, or arrive close to the Release Preview of Windows 8, which is expected sometime in teh first week of June. Ballmer also talked about cloud computing, predicting that in a few years, there'll only be a few companies that will dominate that industry, he continues:

The number of core (cloud) platforms, around which software developers will do their innovation, is not ever-broadening. It's really a quite smaller and focused number -- Windows, various forms of Linux, the Apple ecosystem.

Will you be getting Windows 8?

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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